Filler Nostalgia

In praise of on call?

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 08 August 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:375
  1. Chris Gunstone, general practitioner
  1. Burton upon Trent

    My not too long retired senior partners can recall clashing forceps and chloroform in the back streets of Burton. As I am gently eased out of time consuming obstetric care I sense a vague feeling of disquiet.

    I have spent this bank holiday on call. I have been working in an urban 10 000 patient practice for the past 10 years. During the 24 hours I saw 16 patients—a few more …

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